Nothing learnt from post-elections violence

The next General Elections in Kenya will be marred by violence, rigging, voter intimidation and bribery.

Unless steps are taken, the next polls will usher the end of Kenya as we know it.

ODM grassroots elections held last Monday show that Kenyan politicians learnt nothing from the 2007 election violence and continue with their usual tactics of bullying, hiring goons, holding parallel elections and seeking favors from top party leaders.

Excerpts from Kenyan media:

Daily Nation

In Kisumu, councillor Robert Otuge of Kolwa East ward in Kisumu East constituency, together with 14 others, were accused of destroying property worth Sh500,000 at the home of Mr John Osumba in Manyatta estate on Saturday.

In Migori, two men were picked by police after two rival groups clashed at Pap Ndiege Village in Nyatike constituency.

Member of Parliament Edick Anyanga described the polls as free and fair, while his opponents claimed they had been rigged.

In Sabatia, Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi went in unopposed as did Planning minister Wycliffe Oparanya in Butere.

East African Standard

Violence, parallel elections and logistic hiccups marred ODM branch elections in many parts of the country.

In Samia, violence between supporters of Cabinet Minister Paul Otuoma and his rivals scared off voters, who had hoped to elect branch officials.

In Vihiga, supporters of area MP Mr Yusuf Chanzu and those of former legislator Andrew Ligale held parallel elections. The returning officer, Mr Jonathan Angote, however, said Chanzu was elected unopposed.

In Rongai, there was confusion as supporters of MP Luka Kigen and those of his rival Joseph Kimetto also held parallel elections.

In Taveta, two groups held parallel elections. One faction led by Mrs Ruth Lelewu held elections on Sunday while another led by former Taveta MP Basil Criticos held polls on Monday (When did Criticos join ODM?).


One Response

  1. I’ve linked to your post from BlogWatch Voter Intimidation

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